Astigmatic Keratotomy - AK eye surgery

This is a surgical procedure which is used to treat astigmatism. It is similar to Radial Keratotomy (RK) in that the surgeon makes a couple of incisions in the cornea to change it from an oval (rugby ball) shape to a rounded (football) shape.

This procedure can be carried out as a standalone technique or in combination with laser vision treatments such as PRK or LASIK. It is ideal for patients with mild to moderate astigmatism.

Patients with severe astigmatism may find that they still have to wear glasses or contact lenses after surgery although at a lower prescription.

What is ‘AK?’

AK or ‘Astigmatic Keratotomy’ is a form of eye surgery which can correct astigmatism. It is carried out under a local anaesthetic (eye drops) and involves changing the steepest part of the cornes so that it assumes a more rounded shape.

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